Since the Turkish Law No. 5651 on the Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Suppression of Crimes Committed by means of Such Publications came into force in November 2007, several websites were blocked by court orders and administrative blocking orders issued by the Telecommunications Communication Presidency (TIB). In terms of statistics, it was revealed by TIB that as of 01 December, 2008, 1310 websites are blocked in Turkey (compared to 1187 on 01 November, 2008, and compared to 1115 on 01 October, 2008) under the provisions of Law No. 5651. 271 (21%) of these websites are blocked by court orders, while majority, 1039 (79%) are blocked via administrative blocking orders issued by TIB.
Google’s Gatekeepers: “(New York Times)
An article by Jeffery Rosen about Google’s and YouTube’s relationship with national censorship laws. Over the past couple of years, Google and its various applications have been blocked, to different degrees, by 24 countries.”
Published: November 28, 2008
In 2006, Thailand announced it was blocking access to YouTube for anyone with a Thai I.P address, and then identified 20 offensive videos for Google to remove as a condition of unblocking the site.
30 November 2008, Sunday, AYŞE KARABAT, ANKARA
Internet restrictions are against European Union norms and Turkey could face charges at the European Courts for violating the freedom of expression, experts warn.
Internet restrictions are against European Union norms and Turkey could face charges at the European Courts of Human Rights for violating the freedom of expression, according to Kerem Altıparmak and Yaman Akdeniz, authors of the book ‘Restricted Access,’ which assesses Internet content regulation and censorship in Turkey by providing an overview of the current legislation from a critical perspective.
This is something we addressed recently in Internet: Restricted Access: A Critical Assessment of Internet Content Regulation and Censorship in Turkey.
Turkish Daily News: Banned YouTube still in Top 10
November 26, 2008 Wednesday
Despite being banned, the video-sharing site YouTube remains as one of the most popular Web sites in Turkey, with many, including the prime minister, finding ways to get around the ban
According to the www.alexa.com Web site that categorizes the popularity of over 100 million sites, YouTube is the tenth most visited site in Turkey
Google Turkey, Face Book and Google are the most popular websites.
By staff writers and wires November 19, 2008 08:25am
THE popular websites MySpace, Facebook and YouTube are being used as recruiting tools by extremist groups, experts have warned.
“(These websites) are the ‘killer apps’ of the internet today, and they’re used by millions, but the virus of hate certainly has infected those technologies,” Christopher Wolf, chair of the International Network Against CyberHate (INACH), told the Global Summit on Internet Hate Speech.
Title: Facebook for Protest? The Value of Social Software for Political Activism in the Anti-FARC Rallies
Abstract: How do real and virtual spaces influence on another in the field of political activism? This R@D research product draws on the Facebook-mediated anti-FARC protests in Colombia to assess the potential of the Internet in globalizing geographically specific political contests. One of the key factors used in quantifying this relationship is access: who has the ability to express themselves politically in a virtual space?